Earth Day Symposium

The symposium is an annual educational and networking event for local government, students and planning professionals. It provides tools for implementing environmental initiatives in new projects throughout the St. Louis area.

Check back for more information about the 2015 Earth Day Symposium.

2014 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
Regional Sustainability: Vision and Reality

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WHEN: April 1-2, 2014

  • Day 1 – Registration and breakfast begin at 8am, presentations begin at 8:30am. Poster Session starts at 3:30pm and includes a reception for all attendees.
  • Day 2 – Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30am, presentations begin at 9am. Scheduled programming ends at 2pm.

WHAT: The Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields. This year’s Symposium, “Regional Sustainability: Vision and Reality”, will be presented in partnership with OneSTL, and sponsored in part by St. Louis University’s Center for Sustainability.

WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
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2014 Program Overview

A plan provides a pathway for converting a vision of the future into a reality. The 2014 Symposium focuses on the environmental goals and objectives of the newly adopted Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (OneSTL). Topics and presentations will share case studies, best practices and strategies for implementing projects that will contribute to achieving the plan’s goals. A plan that encompasses the region involves many stakeholders and invites all of them to do their part and work together to create economically competitive, opportunity-rich and environmentally healthy communities that serve as the backbone of a sustainable St. Louis region.

Through an interdisciplinary approach and networking opportunities, attendees will connect and engage with others, understand their work in a greater context and learn from both peers and regional experts. 

The OneSTL is the outcome of a 3-year planning process funded by a grant received by East-West Gateway Council of Governments and 10 partners through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. View the plan at

Meet this year’s keynote speakers.  Continuing Education Credits Available:  ASCE, ASLA, AICP, APA


The agenda can be viewed here.


Session topics include community resilience, innovative recycling and waste reduction, biodiversity, green infrastructure, clean water and stormwater management, and stakeholder engagement. The reception on April 1 features poster presentations from regional leaders in business, government and the non-profit sectors as well as research on sustainability issues from area universities.

Symposium Partners & Sponsors

Academy of Science – St. Louis • American Planning Association – St. Louis  •  American Society of Civil Engineers – St. Louis  •  American Society of Landscape Architects – St. Louis  • CannonDesign •  East-West Gateway Council of Governments  •  Elkay • Franciscan Sisters of Mary • Greenway Network  •  Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis  •  Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District  •  Missouri American Water  •  Missouri Botanical Garden  •  Missouri Department of Conservation  •  Missouri Department of Natural Resources  •  OneSTL • SCI Engineering  • St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium • St. Louis University – Center for Sustainability • US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter

Symp sponsors

Symposium Planning Committee

Year after year, the Symposium is stitched together by a team of volunteer professionals and community leaders under the facilitation of St. Louis Earth Day. Without their help, the event would pale in comparison to the vibrant program that returns year after year, adapting to reflect the interests of the planning committee and the most pressing environmental issues of the day.  Meet the 2014 committee members.

Interested in being part of our planning committee?
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